<p><br>It was yesterday, April 29, that the 2006 season of Fédération de Sport Automobile du Québec was officially launched, at Autodrome Saint-Eustache, with the first round of the Québec championship in the Touring, GTO and GTU Series.<p>Jacques Gravel, also from GT Racing at the wheel of a Hyundai Tiburon V6, completed the top three. He edged out Bobby Hamel (BMW, finished 9th) and Yves Bédard, 4th in a VW Golf GTI. Etienne Borgeat (BMW 328i), Martin Hamel (Acura Type-R) and Steven Laporte, in a brand-new Honda Civic Si 2006, from Lombardi Racing, came next in tight formation, 5th, 6th and 7th. 19 drivers took part in this opening round that set a very lively tone. Among those who didn't finish was ""Babu", star announcer from Musique Plus Network, who retired after 8 laps on mechanical failure.<p>GTO-GTU: Rochon and Moutafis top the race Sébastien Rochon caused quite a commotion in the first round of the GTO-GTU, taking the overall win on a GTU-class BMW, theoretically less powerful than the GTO class. During the 35-minute race, Rochon managed to stay ahead of GTU champion 2005 George Moutafis, now running in GTO in a BMW M3.<p>Vincent Lortie (Acura Type-R) finishes 3rd, ahead of Robert Rachella (Pontiac GTO), Carl Wener (Honda Civic Si) and Simon Dion-Viens (Hyundai Accent). <B>At his first race with a superb Volvo S60 Challenge, Bernard Franke</B> comes in 7th and Christian Raymond (Ford Mustang GT) is 8th.<p>The next round of the Hankook Touring and GTO-GTU Series will take place at Mont-Tremblant racetrack on May 27 and 28.